Institutional Effectiveness and Research (IER) Resources

General Information


  • What are the resources the Office of Institutional Research recommends?

Resources in Minnesota

  • Minnesota State Accountability presents enrollment, licensure exams pass rates, and student persistence and completion for each of the thirty-seven colleges and universities within the Minnesota State system.

  • The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic development agency, with programs promoting business recruitment, expansion, and retention; workforce development; international trade; and community development. 

  • The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) is a cabinet-level state agency providing students with financial aid programs and information to help them gain access to post-secondary education. The agency serves as the state's clearinghouse for data, research and analysis on post-secondary enrollment, financial aid, finance and trends. 

  • The Minnesota State Demographer's Office analyzes and distributes data from state, U.S. Census Bureau and other sources. 

  • The Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) matches student data from pre-kindergarten through completion of postsecondary education and into the workforce. By bridging existing data with other incoming data a range of education programmatic and delivery questions can be answered to gauge the effectiveness of current programs and design targeted improvement strategies to help students.

  • The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and providing essential services to the region. 

Regional Resources

National Resources

  • The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is a professional association of more than 3,100 institutional researchers, planners, and decision-makers from higher education institutions around the world. AIR exists to benefit its members and help advance research that will improve the understanding, planning, and operation of higher education institutions.

  • The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal agency for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations. 
  • The U.S. Census Bureau collects data on the nation's people and economy through periodic surveys.

  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center with a primary mission "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education." 


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